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Current Events

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Studio Magazine cover

October 19

BANNS Quiltmakers in National Craft Magazine Publication

Quiltmakers Myla Borden and Heather Cromwell of the Vale Quilters, New Glasgow discuss African Nova Scotian quiltmaking traditions and their upcoming touring exhibition The Secret Codes.

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BANNS members gathering in Halifax

October 17

BANNS working with New Brunswick Black Artists

A delegation of BANNS artists will be heading to Fredericton on October 17, 2020 to help their New Brunswick counterparts establish an arts organization modelled after BANNS.

BANNS has established an ongoing relationship with New Brunswick Black arts community over the past few years, including consultations with Fredericton writer Mary McCarthy on establishing various Black History Month projects. In 2014, BANNS presented The Secret Codes Quilt Exhibition at UNB Arts Centre, Fredericton. BANNS is also currently researching the life of New Brunswick born, African American art pioneer Edward Mitchell Bannister—in preparation for an exhibition of the artist’s work at Owens Gallery, Mt. Allison University, Sackville NB in February 2024.

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Images of CanadianArt magazine and David Woods

October 3

Canadian Art Magazine webinar with artist, writer David Woods on Black art in Nova Scotia

Saturday, October 3 at 4:30pm AST

Open to public viewing

Join art and culture journalist Keslyn Adams and Vancouver curator, gallery director Denise Ryner in conversation with Dartmouth award-winning artist, curator and writer David Woods, on his years of uncovering Black art and artists across Nova Scotia and the Maritimes; including Africville’s Edith MacDonald-Brown (c. 1880-1956), Halifax’s Audrey Dear-Hesson (b. 1928- ), and St. Andrews NB-born African American pioneer painter Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1906). Woods also discusses the contemporary art scene among Black Nova Scotians including the rise of contemporary African Nova Scotian quiltmaking.

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CanadianArt Magazine cover

September 5

BANNS Artists Featured in National Art Magazine Publication

Feature article on BANNS Artistic Director David Woods’ contributions to Black art in the Nova profile of filmmaker Sobaz Benjamin, artwork by Letitia Fraser

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Images of Edward Mitchell Bannister, St. Andrews in 1880

August 6–7

Research on African American art pioneer Edward Bannister St. Andrews, NB

BANNS Artistic Director David Woods recently paid a research visit to St. Andrews, NB, birthplace of noted African American art pioneer Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901). Bannister was the first artist of African descent to win a major art prize in North America (First Place Bronze Medal, Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia 1876). He is greatly revered in the United States but is largely unheralded in Canada- the country of his birth. Woods is conducting research on Bannister’s childhood in St. Andrews prior to the artist’s move to Boston c. 1854. He will be curating a major exhibition on Bannister at the Owens Gallery, Mt. Allison University in 2023.
Home in St. Andrews where remnants of Bannister painting was found

Remnants of possible Bannister wall painting discovered in St. Andrews home

St. Andrews resident Karen Ludwig discovered the remnants of a wall painting on her attic chimney while doing house renovations and realizing the house was formerly owned by the Hatch’s (the family with whom Bannister lived after the death of his parents c.1840’s), posted the discovery on Facebook.

Remnants of wall painting in St. Andrews home attic

Woods examines remnants of wall painting at St. Andrews NB home.

“Bannister was quite an art enthusiast at quite a young age and eye witness accounts tell of him drawing and painting on fences and barn doors around St. Andrews,” Woods explains. “And so it is entirely possible the young artist could have been responsible for the wall painting in the Hatch home.” Woods is in talks with conservators at the Owens Gallery, Mt. Allison University, seeking to determine whether the wall painting pigment dates back to the 19th century—which would raise the possibility of the work being created by Bannister.

Previous Events

Poster: Call for Submissions, Searching for Black Maritime Quilts

Search for Black Maritime Quilts

Deadline for submissions extended to August 14, 2020

Laurel FrancisMigrating Geese

March 20–22

The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Picture and Narrative Quilts

National Black Canadians Summit
5th Floor Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle St, Halifax

Sponsored by The Michaëlle Jean Foundation

An exhibition of African Nova Scotian quilts from across the province featuring works by Myla Borden, Marilyn Brannan, Anja Clyke, Edith Colley, Heather Cromwell, Bolivia Czernon-Fraser, Frances Dorrington, Marlene Dorrington, Laurel Francis, Connie Glasgow-White, Debra Jordan, and Vale Quilters

Curated by David Woods

Exhibition viewing open to Summit delegates and guests only

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Justin AugustineAfricville and other such blissful memories

March 20–22

In This Place
African Nova Scotian Art Exhibition

National Black Canadians Summit
4th Floor Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle St, Halifax

Sponsored by The Michaëlle Jean Foundation

An exhibition of African Nova Scotian art from across the province featuring works by Justin Augustine, Beverly Bowden, Chrystal Clements, Pemberton Cyrus, Louise DeLisle, Letitia Fraser, Angel Gannon, Edith MacDonald- Brown, Wendilee Poitras, Lester Sykes, Alex Thuku (painting); Avery Crawley Jonathan Cromwell (woodcarving); Clara Gough (basketry); Julian Covey (ceramic sculpture)

Curated by David Woods

Exhibition viewing open to Summit delegates and guests only

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Justin AugustineCanadian Landscape

African Heritage Month Event

February 6–29

In This Place
African Nova Scotian Art Showcase

February 22, 1–3pm: Artist Meet and Greet

Lower Level
Zatzman Sportsplex
(formerly Dartmouth Sportsplex)
110 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth NS

An exhibition of artwork and art prints by BANNS members featuring artists Justin Augustine, Letitia Fraser, Angel Gannon, David Woods (painting); Myla Borden, Anja Clyke, Heather Cromwell, Marlene Dorrington, Laurel Francis (quilts)

Curated by David Woods

Framed, plak mounted, and canvas prints of all works in exhibition available for sale

Free Viewings

Mondays to Fridays
5:30am–10:30pm
Saturdays
6am–9pm

Artist Meet-and-Greet

Saturday Feb 22
1–3pm
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Celeste Bernard asMom Suse

March 20–22

Notes from the Canaan Land
Spoken word performance

National Black Canadians Summit
Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle St, Halifax

Sponsored by The Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Spoken word, drama and storytelling presented by Voices actors and storytellers including:

  • November 6, 1946 (The Arrest of Viola Desmond) performed by Celeste Bernard
  • Notes to Beloved performed by Micha Cromwell
  • Jessie Farmer, Black Loyalist performed by Louise DeLisle
  • I Have a Dream Canada performed by David Woods
  • Vocal accompaniment by Lenora Simmonds
  • Directed by David Woods

Performance viewing open to Summit delegates and guests only

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